First Frost Takes Village By Surprise


This past weekend, the frost hit the pumpkin in Tonto Village. The temperature on my front porch registered 19 degrees early Saturday morning. All of my plants were gone, including new growth on my rose bushes. The residents who still had a bit of harvesting to do in their gardens reported that the tomatoes were now mush. The freeze took the village by surprise, and in most cases too late to save their gardens. My husband got busy on Saturday to winterize our little cabin and trailer, he told me that the watering hose was frozen solid. Winter is on the way, folks, so get ready to insulate your homes.

Since the wind has blown so fiercely this week, the ponderosa pines are losing their pine needles all over the village. We have raked up a huge pile just in our own yard, so now there is a big mound of needles. At this point, we don’t know if we should get a burn permit, or ask if a dumpster can be provided for us to use. Hopefully, I will have answer for everyone in next week’s column.

Hellsgate activities

The Hellsgate fire board met last week at the Star Valley fire station #21. Awards were handed out to Chris Lecher for 10 years of service. Kevin Martin received a certificate of retirement for his years of service at the Tonto Village fire station #22.

A letter of recognition was received by the Hellsgate Fire Department from the Butte County, Calif. Fire District for the firefighters who helped with the California wildfires.

A special meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board has been called for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at fire station #21 in Star Valley. The purpose of the meeting is to look at possible property sites for a new fire station. The proposed property is on Valley Road and Highway 260. The meeting is open to the public and suggestions are encouraged.

The Fireflies, the auxiliary to the Hellsgate Fire Department, Tonto Village Chapter will hold a huge yard sale at fire station #22 in Tonto Village Oct. 25. Starting time will be at 9 a.m. If you have items to donate, please call Lori at 478-0391 or Judie at 478-0193. The items can also be brought to the station house the day of the sale. It would be very helpful if the items could be pre-priced. The yard sale is a special activity for the Fireflies, but for a good cause. All proceeds will be put toward the building fund for a new fire station house. All items are greatly appreciated and your support is vital to our little community.

TV Domestic Water Improvement District

The monthly board meeting of the Tonto Village Domestic Water Improvement District was held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Tonto Village Fire House. An executive session was held until 7:30 p.m. for personnel matters.

The new Web site was discussed and determined that it was up and running and that all pertinent matters pertaining to the water board would be posted on the Web site. The Web site is:

The resignation of John Digman was accepted by the board. John’s position as treasurer will be posted and open to the public. Gary Martin was appointed as treasurer pro-tem until a new board member is installed.

The by-laws were approved and accepted with a few minor changes.

The Board chairman, Daryl Kilbourne stated that he will draft a sample of a newsletter that will be distributed to all water users in the district.

The next regular meeting of the water board will be Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tonto Village fire house.


Ruby Terry of Tonto Village II, will celebrate her 83rd birthday Oct. 26. Ruby is a longtime resident of the village. Have a great day, Ruby!

Joe Desrochers of Tonto Village III will have his big day Oct. 28. and also in T.V. III, Darlane Leonard celebrates her day Oct. 30. Birthdays are a day for reflection... to celebrate who you are and who you will become. Happy birthday to each of you. A belated birthday wish to Bernita Barker. Her birthday was Oct. 12 and several of the parishoners of the Tonto Village Chapel treated Bernita to lunch at Creekside Restaurant.


Word was received this week that one of our longtime residents passed away Oct. 12. Henry “Hank” Peters of Tonto Village I will be laid to rest in Phoenix. Hank is survived by his wife Bonnie, children Dan and Roberta, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his brother Ed Peters. A service of remembrance was held Thursday, Oct. 16 at Phoenix Memorial Mortuary Chapel. Our condolences to all of the family.

Pool results/Double D

On ladies night last Tuesday evening at the Double D, the gals from Tonto Village took on the Christopher Creek gals and won! Payge Ferriera, Kara Shaw and Betty Koutz shot for first, second and third places. Way to go, gals.

On Sunday afternoon the eight ball tournament took to the tables. Brian Mead from Mead Ranch shot for first place, followed by Bill Dupke from Diamond Point and Betty Koutz from the village. Congratulations to all the winners.

The next scotch doubles tournament has been set for Friday, Oct. 17. Bring something to eat and a good pool shooting partner and enjoy the evening.

On Friday, Oct. 31, a Halloween party has been planned by Ethel Cain. There will be prizes for the best costumes and live music by Rockin’ Ron Gibson. Don’t forget this party! It promises to be a lot of fun and great music.


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